But relationships between adult women and teenage boys are a whole lot less common than relationships between adult men and teenage girls — unsurprising, given that in opposite-sex couples across all ages, it’s much more common for a male partner to be older than a female partner (the average is that the man is two years older than the woman for their first marriage).
And while I can think of many examples of teenage girl/adult man celebrity couples, I can only think of a few teenage boy/adult woman celebrity couples, and just one with a male under the age of consent — then-17-year-old Harry Styles dating 32-year-old Caroline Flack, a relationship that led I’d argue that teen media should take care in the way they cover teenage boy/adult woman couples, too.
to be fair, published an essay criticizing “Stimulated” that noted, “Tyga is justifying — and possibly even glorifying — his illegal relationship with an underage girl” and explained, “There’s a reason why your mom doesn’t want you to date a dude who’s seven years older, especially when you’re still in high school: according to science, mental — and sexual — development matures a whole lot through teenage years.” But this approach didn’t last.
Although it links to the “Stimulated” essay, a I could go into countless more examples of underage girl/adult man celebrity couples that have been treated blithely by the press — from the ones that we as a culture now widely condemn (27-year-old R.
post about Chris Brown commenting on Rihanna’s Instagram includes a noticeable aside: “Chris, who pleaded guilty to accusations of domestic violence against Rihanna in 2009, popped up in the singer’s comments yesterday, using just the eye emoji in his message.” What if all articles about Jenner and Tyga had similar asides — “Tyga, who began dating Jenner when he was in his twenties and she was under the age of consent”?
The difference in the way teenage girls and adult women perceive adult-teen relationships means mainstream teen media has a responsibility — or at least an opportunity — to do some good.
But considering how much less common these relationships are — and that teenage girls make up significantly more of teen media’s readership —they present less of an issue.
When you’re his age, you’ll know that, too, but he also knows you don’t know that yet.” article was published in December 2008, when I was 18.
The teenage girls overwhelmingly said that their adult partners were responsible and trustworthy; but the adult women, looking back, said they felt “manipulated, dominated, or cheated out of their youth.” When You’re On The Autistic Spectrum, Consent Is Complicated What about teenage boys who date adult women?
Certainly many of the same arguments about brain development and power differentials apply, although — with cis couples — the risks of reproductive coercion and pregnancy do not.
In a study conducted in collaboration with Planned Parenthood in 1997, feminist academic Lynn M.
Phillips interviewed “a racially and socially diverse group” of 127 teenage girls in teen-adult relationships, and women who had been in teen-adult relationships in their own teens.